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Thursday 22 August 2019

Pop star Olly helps Alana's bid to walk

LOCAL GIRL SUFFERING WITH CEREBRAL PALSY TO MEET MURS

POP SENSATION Olly Murs has got right behind fundraising efforts to give a special young Oylegate girl a life-changing operation.

Two-year-old Alana Fitzgerald Moorehouse has cerebral palsy and requires surgery costing over €60,000 to enable her to walk.

Olly Murs was brought on board by Jonathan O'Hanlon, chairman of Oylegate- Glenbrien Ladies' Football Club, of which Alana's mother Majella is an active member.

Olly had his picture taken holding a jersey with Alana's face on it and a number of these jerseys will be signed and raffled as part of fundraising.

Alana's mother, Majella said: ' We're delighted to have brought Olly on board to help and we really appreciate what he's doing. The signed jerseys will be raffled on October 5 at a fundraising concert we're putting on in The Ferrycarrig Hotel. We have Kiera Byrne from ' The Voice' and David O'Connor performing so it should be a great night. We'll probably start selling tickets for the raffle in August and we'll have them available in various pubs and shops.'

Not only has Alana enlisted the help of one of her favourite singers, but she will also get to meet the man himself when he brings his live show to the O2 in March of next year. ' She can't wait!' said mother Majella, 'She's a massive fan. She loves him...but I suppose, who doesn't!'

Alana's family have a variety of other fundraisers lined up over the coming months in order to try and get Alana up and running. 'We have a few different things coming up,' Majella said. ' We have concerts, barbecues, fight nights, a calendar launch, a fashion show, a pool tournament and lots more. We're trying to be as diverse as we can and have something for everybody, however if anyone has any other ideas for us in terms of fundraisers, we'd love to hear from them.'

Anyone who would like to take part or to get involved in fundraising can contact Majella on 087 2832134. Donations can be made directly to AIB, Enniscorthy - Alana's Dream 40006053 sort code 933414.

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